Grazer Philosophische Studien 93 (1):63-79 (2016)

Jonathan Surovell
Texas State University
Non-Relational Realism is a popular solution to the Bradleyan regress of facts or truths. It denies that there is a relational universal of exemplification; for an object a to exemplify a universal F-ness, on this view, is not for a relation to subsist between a and F-ness. An influential objection to Non-Relational Realism is that it is unacceptably obscure. The author argues that Non-Relational Realism can be understood as a selective application of satisfaction semantics to predicates like ‘exemplify’, and that so understood, it is not obscure. This kind of selective use of satisfaction semantics may be feasible in other contexts as a means of making theories more parsimonious.
Keywords ontological commitment  ontology  F. H. Bradley  universals  properties  parsimony  simplicity  semantics  metaphysics  W.V.O. Quine
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DOI 10.1163/18756735-09301004
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